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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... Portugal--Portugal, whose people an English writer, but a short time ago, had ventured to denominate " human vermin !" Portugal, whose inhabitants Lord Byron, the poet of the age, and the friend of humanity, had in 1818 pronounced to be s " Base Lusian slaves--the lowest of the low P That same Portugal is now a great nation among the highest ot the high, and her people are the " freest of the free." Had hi* friend Mr. M'Donnell been of the patriots of Oporto, he might probably have suggested the propriety of sending an address to the court of the Brazils, at Rio de Janeiro, petitioning for liberty; and, after waiting a year and a-half for an answer, returning with a very plain and unmistakeable refusal. (Laughter.) With such a prospect before him, why should he despair for his country t He never would subscribe to the belief, that Ireland was reserved for exclusive degradation--but rather espouse the sentiments of the " bard ot Erin," who united the spirit ot prophecy to the genius of poetry-- " The nations have fallen, hut thou art still young, Thy sun is hut rising, whilst others are set-- And tho' slavery'3 cloud o'er thy morning hath hung. The full noon of freedom shaii beam round thee yetl Erin, O Erin, tho' long in the shade, Thy star will shine out when the proudest shall fade 1* At an adjourned meeting, a few days after, held at the same place, Mr. O'ConneH spoke aipun on the same topics, and to the same effect A very large number of gentlemen, 1'rctestants and others, who did not usually attend public meetings, were present, and a vote of thanks and compliment to Mr. O'Connell was carried with unanimous acclamations. Ko redress was obtained, as from the usual current of events at that time, might hart '*ui expected to prove the...
  • ISBN13: 9781230371962
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00204
Dimensions7.4 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
Primary CategoryHistory/General

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